Tummy time is placing your baby on his stomach to play. Practicing tummy time helps babies develop the muscles necessary to lift their heads and, eventually, to sit up, crawl and walk.
How to do tummy time
The ideal time to do tummy time is after your baby wakes up from a nap or following a diaper change. Here's what to do:
* Clear a small area of the floor. Place your baby on his tummy on a playmat or clean towel.
* Surround your baby with a few favorite toys.
* Try to keep your baby belly-down for three to five minutes, two to three times a day.
* As your baby begins enjoying tummy time, work up to longer and more frequent sessions throughout the day.
Remember! never put your baby to sleep on his stomach. Your baby should always be awake during tummy time and under your careful watch.